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Burlington Employee Wins National Engineering Excellence Award

first_imgOn June 5, 2008, General Dynamics held its Tenth Annual “Engineering Excellence and Innovation Awards Conference and Banquet” to honor employees (solely or as part of a team) who were responsible for significant engineering achievements or advancement of the company’s technical expertise.The Conference was held at General Dynamics’ Corporate Headquarters, and highlighted many of the accomplishments from this years award recipients through a series of presentations made by the recipients themselves. The event was capped with a banquet held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., where each recipient received their formal recognition and award.Douglas C. Parker, an employee at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ Burlington, Vt. facility, was honored for his work on the gun system for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Mr. Parker has been the Lead Mechanical Engineer on the JSF program for nearly the entire development period that began in 2002. The JSF program has the potential to be one of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Product’s largest production aircraft gun system programs, and Mr. Parker’s efforts have significantly contributed to the successful execution of the System Design and Development phase of this program.last_img read more

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Two new large solar plus storage projects planned in South Australia

first_imgTwo new large solar plus storage projects planned in South Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Two new massive solar and battery storage projects have been proposed for South Australia, continuing the momentum in new investment that will likely see the state produce the equivalent of 100 per cent of its electricity needs through wind and solar as early as 2025.One of the new projects – a $1.2 billion proposal for 500MW of solar PV to be accompanied by 250MW/1000MWh of battery storage – has broken cover in the state’s planning approval process. The application was filed by consultants Energy Projects Solar Pty Ltd, and is proposed for a site just east of Robertstown, about 115 kms north east of Adelaide.The same company is also proposing a 280MW solar farm and battery storage facility near Port Pirie, known as the Bungama solar project.It says the Robertstown Solar project – subject to financing – is likely to be built over four stages, and the battery storage facility will also be built in stages. Synchronous condensers may also be installed if required by the grid and market operator.South Australia has already reached more than 50 per cent share of wind and solar in its grid, mostly through large scale wind (44 per cent) and rooftop solar (7-8 per cent). That share is growing as more projects come on line. Gupta himself proposes some 1GW of solar and storage in the state to help power Whyalla and other big energy users, and AEMO has predicted enough wind and solar could be built by 2026/27 to generate more than is consumed in the state.More: Huge solar and battery storage projects proposed for South Australialast_img read more

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SUP THE TUCK: Day 1

first_img June 23, 2018: Day1/7   The dense foliage on the riverbank loosened up a bit giving us windows to view the wide escarpment. This “valley” sits high and spreads for miles with huge grey granite domes and walls visible to the north and east and west. It felt like we were paddling on top of the world descending in a broad rift, truly the Yosemite of the East! For several miles the river bank opened up giving  wide choice of downward paths and an ever increasing view of the surrounding valley. The tannin water spiraled deep into smooth holes in the rock, sometimes three or four clustered together.  Austin, Luke and I jumped in laughing and tumbling over one another until we finally got spit out sending us down a slippery 75 foot rock slide. We paddled and portaged deeper into the gorge under a gloomy sky. It was like moving  down a thick broken plate, smooth and fissured folding the four of us into a funnel. The sun was lowering over a large granite dome to the west as we paddled downstream. All this became a green blur at the first bend as  the rhododendron grew taller and constricted and the sun broke out. Suddenly the creek disappeared over the horizon and we pulled over to scout  Upper Warden Falls, a 45-50 foot rock slide. John and I portaged river left while the boys eyed the drop. We joked that the physics of creek boating becomes more challenging at our age. Luke and Austin slid over portions of the falls “testing it out” and landed in the deep pool below. There were several of these large slides and we became bolder with each one lying down like riverboarders. The day started full of sunshine and strutting.  Sitting in the soft green moss at the confluence of Panthertown and Greenland creeks we dangled our feet in the freezing water  and arranged our gear under a tight canopy of rhododendron. I used my Iphone to take a short video of the “origin of the Tuck” and reviewed the plan. I would lead on my inflatable standup paddleboard, my sons Luke and Austin would follow in their kayaks and John would go last on paddleboard acting as the “safety boater”. I stood up on the board and floated into an eddy.  I watched my grown boys on the riverbank test kayaks and equipment; spray skirts, foot pedals, helmet straps and paddles. I taught them well  on rivers like the French Broad, Ocoee, Chatooga, Big Laurel, Tallulah and Nolichucky. Standing up on a paddleboard and moving fast down a shallow rocky creek is intoxicating but unforgiving. If the the fin catches on a rock the board stops abruptly and the paddler is launched forward on outstretched hands, much like a snowboarder “catching an edge”. The dark canopy and tea-colored water made avoiding rocks a real challenge but John and I did well and enjoyed the sense of flying downstream. Passing through exotic highland bogs at an elevation of 3,700 feet the rocky banks were softened by lacy Appalachian shoestring ferns, spongy green mosses, white reindeer lichen, pink shell azaleas and mountain doghobble. The 6 miles to the Rock Bridge (end of the American Whitewater “East Fork of the Tuckasegee” section) took us 6 hours. It was getting late so we quickly portaged up and down the steep private lands to the left past the unrunnable waterfall. It was  2 more miles down to the Tanasee reservoir. I had little idea how far that really was! In the comments section on the East Fork ( American Whitewater), John Pilson says, “FYI, there are a few big drops down from Rock Bridge before the Tanasee Reservoir that I’ve hiked but it was before I thought about kayaking much. That land is private land. Wonder if anyone has run em?” The boys were exhausted after hours of climbing in and out of kayaks, dragging the 40 pound boats  over boulders, lowering them down slots and crevices. It was certainly easier for John and I to hop off our paddleboards and carry these light inflatables by the handle. Luke’s eyes were sunken and wild ever since “lunch”. While John enjoyed a nice sandwich, chips and a cookie my boys were given rations; one tuna packet and one energy bar and some water. Austin put on a sheepish grin after this and just nodded and smiled  when I apologized for not packing a bigger lunch. These are large boys; 6ft. 3 inches a piece! Resting on the sandy beach of Tanasee Creek Lake we gazed up into the dark slot. Luke pulled out his drone and flew it straight up the falls documenting the gnarly drama. Unrunnable, barely hikable and grateful not to be spending a cold and hungry night in the gorge we celebrated with whoops and dancing and paddled the mirror-like reservoir to our camp. We pushed on leaving the relative comfort of Panthertown to uncharted waters with little chance of rescue. Pushing  deeper into the gorge it engulfed us. The black granite walls rose high and narrowed and the light was diffuse and hazy. Green moss hung down from the banks and slimy green algae glistened on the smooth rocks. I crossed the slick rock face, my left hand grasped the safety line holding me on the high pitched granite wall, my right hand holding the paddleboard which dangled down over the water. My eyes were blurry and there was a wet breeze funneling up from far below. I tried not to look down, grateful my sons had already gone around. Below was a high volume boulder pointed up like an anvil with logs jammed on either side. This was a disappearing sieve from which even a body recovery would be impossible. The east fork of the Tuckasegee river disappeared into a thundering blackness.   The boys were perched precariously high on a ledge with their boats. It was  dark and very slippery. John and I locked eyes and had a silent conversation, “we’re screwed; can’t go upstream, can’t go downstream and it is getting late. No more fun time; let’s solve this”. Austin and Luke stayed with the boats, John climbed up the west bank and I went up the east bank. It was very steep, high appalachian climbing, vertical, root by root. I stopped and looked up, discouraged by the steepness and the unlikely chance of a passage around this enormous drop. The next ledge was a deer path, narrow and perched along the jutting gorge rim. Exhausted I followed it all the way up and over and down the quarter mile to the Tanasee Reservoir.   I ran back to the group and found John shaking his head, no luck on the west bank. We have a trail, I said, grab your boats and watch your step. Stay tuned for daily logs of the rest of their trip! Rock Bridge Rapid last_img read more

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Yangtze floods force millions from their homes in central China

first_imgVast swathes of China have been inundated by the worst flooding in decades along the mighty Yangtze River, with residents piling into boats and makeshift rafts to escape a deluge that has collapsed flood defenses and turned their homes into waterways. Heavy rains since June have left at least 141 people dead and missing, forced nearly 15 million people to be evacuated from their homes in July alone, and caused billions of dollars in economic losses, according to the government.An AFP photographer travelled through central Jiangxi, floating past partly submerged villages and towns as rescue workers battled to repair levees and dykes as forecasters warned of yet more rain. Topics : Dramatic improvement is not expected anytime soon.Fresh rains far upstream have caused a “rapidly increasing inflow” to the reservoir created by the massive Three Gorges Dam, state media said, citing authorities.The government has so far said that the dam — condemned by environmentalists for upsetting the river’s ecology and for the forced relocation of millions of residents — can handle the increased load.Critics say the summer flooding threat has worsened over the decades due in part to rampant overdevelopment and poor water conservancy policies such as overbuilding of ill-advised dams and levees.State media said Thursday that authorities also had issued a warning for the Huaihe River, another major Chinese waterway to the north of the Yangtze, as its waters continued to rise.center_img Waters in more than 400 rivers have exceeded warning levels, while some have reached historic highs over a period that officials say has caused the highest average rainfall levels across the Yangtze basin since 1961.Summer rains and seasonal glacial melt in the river’s Tibetan plateau headwaters cause routine annual flooding.Authorities are particularly concerned with Poyang Lake — China’s largest freshwater lake — in hard-hit Jiangxi province.Water levels there have hit historic highs, prompting an effort by more than 100,000 soldiers and other personnel to rescue residents and shore up dykes and levees to prevent worse flooding.last_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund looking to beat Man Utd and Tottenham to Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon

first_imgBorussia Dortmund looking to beat Man Utd and Tottenham to Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon by Metro Phil HaighSunday 7 Apr 2019 3:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Video Settings Advertisement Read More Read More struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Read More Top articles Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Advertisement Comment Read More Read More Sessegnon is out of contract at the end of next season (Picture: Getty Images)In that situation, the German side would have to pay Fulham compensation for Sessegnon, but it could be around £500,000.The price being quoted for the England U21 international this summer is £50m, so waiting six months would be preferable for his suitors.It was thought that Tottenham were leading the race to sign the Fulham man, and they will likely make an offer to try and encourage the Cottagers to do business this summer, rather than lose the player for very little in January.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySessegnon has not made the impact in the Premier League he would have hoped for this season, in his first campaign in the top flight.He has made 30 league appearances, scoring two goals, but has struggled to hold down a place in the starting XI and impress on a regular basis.Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson has certainly not thought much of the Fulham man’s performances.‘I’d be surprised [if someone paid £40m for Sessegnon],’ Merson said on Sky Sports. ‘I think last season, you would have got £40 million for him. Not playing in the Premier League. Potential. Very good in the Championship.‘He is has come up and if I am being honest, he has looked like he doesn’t feel like he should be there. He looked a bit lost sometimes. And I know he’s only 18 and he’s a kid, but I don’t think he has shown anything all season.’MORE: Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho appears to rule out Manchester United and Chelsea transferMORE: Manchester United are considering Jordan Pickford as David de Gea’s replacement The teenager is considering that path, according to the Sun, which would allow Dortmund to sign him on a pre-contract deal in January. Skip SPONSORED Ryan Sessegnon is attracting plenty of interest (Picture: Getty Images)Borussia Dortmund are hoping to win the race for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and even get the youngster on a free transfer.The 18-year-old has already made over 100 appearances for the west London side, and after their relegation from the Premier League a number of big clubs are circling for his signature.Tottenham and Manchester United are interested in signing the left-sided teenager, but Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have also entered the fray.There is even the possibility that Dortmund will get Sessegnon for free if he decides to play out the final year of his contract in the Championship with Fulham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Full Screen / 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop PLAY Coming Nextlast_img read more

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DOMINICA TO JOIN OTHER OECS COUNTRIES IN DEVELOPING A DECENT WORK COUNTRY PROGRAMME

first_imgLocalNews DOMINICA TO JOIN OTHER OECS COUNTRIES IN DEVELOPING A DECENT WORK COUNTRY PROGRAMME by: – March 4, 2011 Share Tweet 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Representatives of government agencies, the employer’s federation and trade unions have begun work on putting together a decent work country programme for Dominica. A team of officials from the international labour organisation (ILO) is currently in Dominica providing technical support towards that effort.In moving forward with the implementation of this programme the first session of a two day workshop took place at the public service union building on Wednesday. Director of the Caribbean ILO office based in Trinidad Dr. Ana Theresa Romero in speaking to GIS news said the decent work agenda has four overarching priorities which were selected by the constituents of the O.E.C.S region. These priorities include creating jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection and promoting social dialogue.“The first has to do with the review and the updating of national labour laws. You may have pieces of legislation that have been on the books for quite some time. The labour market situation has changed and if you need to bring these into line with international labour standards and CARICOM model laws, then through this process, we will identify which pieces of legislation require revision and updating. ILO will provide technical advice and support for carrying this out.The second area has to do with strengthening the labour market information system. This is to enable employers as well as workers and certainly the Government to know where you have a demand for certain types of skills, certain types of expertise and skills so that when one is doing planning whether it is for training or entering into a business or for attracting foreign investment, you will have an idea of the kind of skill sets that you need and where in the labour market one will be able to access some of these resources.The third area has to do with finding the appropriate work place responses for dealing with HIV and AIDS. That has to do with the use of the workplace as an entry point for reaching people with the message with respect to prevention, core support and most importantly, avoiding stigma and discrimination against persons based on real or perceived ideas that they may have HIV.”The fourth area will deal with strengthening the capacity of the labour ministry and workers to ensure that workers can engage in meaningful dialogue on economic and social issues.Dr. Romero says those four areas are not unique to Dominica but will be adopted by all O.E.C.S member territories.Dominica is the last of the O.E.C.S countries to embark on such a program. It is a very important venture and this is something that is taking place throughout the region. Most of the CARICOM countries are already on board. We are now doing this workshop today to develop a Country Work Programme which will provide guidelines and recommendations. We will identify priority areas where we need to review and make recommendations to Government for certain legislative amendments and identify new areas where we can all work with one common objective; that is, enabling the correct environment for the creation of employment, the protection of the workers’ rights at work, to strengthen social protection and to promote social dialogue. This is extremely important for us for industrial relations in Dominica, not only for the dignity of man but for the stability of the family and for economic and social development. It is absolutely important.”The decent work programme agenda has received worldwide support as a developmental tool to achieve social justice and economic progress. Sharelast_img read more

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Trinidad PM calls for stronger regional integration efforts

first_imgNewsRegional Trinidad PM calls for stronger regional integration efforts by: – March 10, 2012 Trinidadian Leader, Kamla Persad BissessarPARAMARIBO, Suriname — In a statement at the opening of the first plenary session of the 23rd inter-sessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Paramaribo, Suriname, on Thursday, Kamla Persad Bissessar, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, called for more, not less regional integration.The prime minister extended greetings and congratulations to newly elected heads of state and heads of government, including Donald Ramotar, president of Guyana, and newly elected prime minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony. She also made special mention of the newly elected prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, whilst citing the historical context of this being the first time in the history of CARICOM there were two sitting women prime ministers, particularly on the commemoration of International Women’s Day.CARICOM’s rocky roadPersad Bissessar spoke on the views offered by consultants who undertook an organisational review of CARICOM, and publicly reiterated her commitment made at the heads of government retreat in St Kitts, stating, “Let me at the onset categorically indicate that Trinidad and Tobago is for CARICOM and for regional integration. Let me also indicate that Trinidad and Tobago understands its role in CARICOM and its responsibility to the region and is committed to cooperation.” Trinidad and Tobago’s follow-through on last meeting’s commitmentThe prime minister recalled her statement made at the last heads of government meeting, where “substantial progress” was made. She stated that on that occasion reference was made to the achievement of a working free trade regime. The prime minister emphasised that every effort to balance trade relations must be actively pursued, with the full implementation of the Single Market, particularly as it deals with trade in services, movement of capital and in particularly, free movement of skilled persons among the member states of the Community.Persad Bissessar went on to advise that it was against this background that Trinidad and Tobago has committed to, and is in the process of establishing the Caribbean Public Health Agency [CARPHA], with the government spearheading the construction of the CARPHA facilities.The prime minister also advised on Trinidad and Tobago’s commitment relating to the fast ferry within the Southern Caribbean, citing that the matter was at a stage where it is nearing commencement of service. She stated that the general matter of the intraregional transport to facilitate further trade and people interface needs to be strengthened, citing the Caribbean Airline’s collaboration with Air Jamaica, and its increased flights into the Eastern Caribbean were steps moving in the right direction.The prime minister spoke on two critical elements in the regional development initiative relating to agriculture and energy, stating that the Brazilian offer of a model farm was still very much on Trinidad and Tobago’s agenda. She stated that Trinidad and Tobago was willing to enter into consultations with Antigua and Barbuda, who also expressed interest in exploring the development of the large farms. The prime minister also cited the issue of a pipeline from Trinidad and Tobago up the Eastern Caribbean, with the latest advice being that the linkage with Barbados seems most feasible at this time. More work was cited as necessary to deal with certain undersea volcanic formations which call for further study and analysis to facilitate extension to other Eastern Caribbean countries.Persad Bissessar concluded her statement by recalling the collaborative conversations at the recently concluded CARICOM-Cuba summit, the China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum and the CARICOM-Japan joint economic mission. The prime minister expressed pleasure at the discussions emanating from the 7th UK-Caribbean Forum and the outcomes therein – save and except for the outstanding issue of the air passenger duty [APD]. She closed stating that CARICOM’s present road may be rocky, but advised however that a page should be pulled from the book of the EU, which has shown that the way out of such “crisis” is more, and not less integration.Caribbean News Now 16 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup: Pakistan face West Indies nightmare

first_imgThings were much more clinical in the 1979 World Cup with West Indies registering 293/6 with Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes hammering 65. In response, Majid and Zaheer Abbas blasted 81 and 93 respectively but Colin Croft’s 3/29 helped West Indies to a 43-run win. In 1983, Pakistan was blown away for 184 thanks to a brilliant spell from Malcolm Marshall and West Indies romped home to an eight-wicket win with Viv Richards smashing an unbeaten 80.In 1987, with the World Cup moving out of England, Pakistan squared off against West Indies in Lahore and Imran Khan’s brilliant 4/37 restricting West Indies to 216/7. Saleem Yousuf kept Pakistan in the hunt with 56 and the last wicket stand between Abdul Qadir and Saleem Jaffar was vital. Courtney Walsh, who had taken 4/40, refused a mankading opportunity and Pakistan won by one wicket. West Indies avenged the loss in the same edition when Sir Viv Richards blasted 110 and gave West Indies a 28-run win.In the 1992 World Cup encounter in Melbourne, Ramiz Raja blasted a century but Desmond Haynes’ 93 and Brian Lara’s 88 gave West Indies a 10-wicket win. In the 1999 World Cup encounter in Bristol, Azhar Mahmood and Wasim Akram’s exploits with the bat helped Pakistan reach 229/8. Mahmood chipped with the ball as well by taking 3/48 as Pakistan won by 27 runs. In the 2007 World Cup clash in Kingston, Marlon Samuels blasted 63 and three-wicket hauls from Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith helped them win by 54 runs in front of their home fans in Kingston.The only time Pakistan clinically dominated the West Indies was in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal in Dhaka. Shahid Afridi picked up 4/30 and Pakistan thumped the Windies by 10 wickets. In the 2015 clash in Christchurch, West Indies reached 310/6 thanks to fifties from Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons but Andre Russell’s 13-ball 42 made the difference. Pakistan was reduced to 25/5 and despite the fifties from Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal, West Indies won by 150 runs.Will Pakistan overcome their jinx against West Indies in the 2019 World Cup or will the West Indies continue their domination? Pakistan won only in 1987, 1999 and 2011 against West Indies in World Cups.Pakistan has won only once in the ICC Cricket World Cup in England against West Indies.Pakistan has lost nine out of 10 ODI games before the World Cup. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When one talks about Pakistan’s bogey team in the ICC Cricket World Cup, the first team that comes to mind is India. Pakistan has never defeated India in the ICC Cricket World Cup ever since their first encounter in the 1992 World Cup in Sydney. The scoreline of 0-6 is used by the Indian cricket team fans to troll Pakistan at each and every World Cup encounter. However, when one takes a closer look at the numbers, India is actually not the real nightmare for Pakistan. The 1992 World Cup champions have a 3-7 scoreline against another team. They are the West Indies, the 1975 and 1979 champions who have dominated Pakistan on the big stage.Ever since 1975, Pakistan has rarely held the edge against the West Indies in the World Cup. In their first encounter at Birmingham in the 1975 World Cup, Pakistan notched up 266/7 with the fifties from skipper Majid Khan, Wasim Raja and Mushtaq Mohammad. In response, West Indies were staring down the barrel at 166/8 but Deryck Murray held the key. Murray stitched a 37-run stand with Vanburn Holder but when he fell, West Indies were still 64 runs away. Andy Roberts showed his mettle and his 64-run stand helped West Indies cross the line by one wicket. Roberts’ unbeaten 24 and Murray’s 61 helped West Indies over the line in a humdinger. highlightslast_img read more

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Windies launch ambitious World Cup campaign against Pakistan today

first_imgNOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – Fuelled by a desire to prove their many detractors wrong, a confident West Indies will launch an ambitious bid to win the ICC World Cup when they take on enigmatic Pakistan at Trent Bridge here today.Winners of the first two World Cups back in 1975 and 1979 West Indies’ star has since fallen and are no longer considered one-day powerhouses. And with just a single series win in the last five years, their tag of underdogs is perhaps justified.Yet, their performance against world number ones and tournament favourites, England, in the Caribbean this year pointed to somewhat of a rejuvenation, giving players and fans alike the faintest of hope that the side could put together a formidable World Cup challenge.Written off before the start of the England series, the Caribbean side managed to pull off a 2-2 draw, doing so while brandishing a bold, audacious brand of cricket not seen in recent years. The result also instilled a new level of self-belief in the squad and there is now a quiet confidence the Caribbean side can now put the lean years of under-achievement behind them.Captain Jason Holder, leading West Indies for the second straight World Cup, said the squad was settled and in a good place mentally heading into the opening clash against Pakistan.“One thing I like coming into this tournament is that every player is in a good frame of mind,” he told media here yesterday.“Everybody is playing with a smile on his face, and I think that’s how we play our best cricket. We’re fearless, we enjoy what we’re doing and we enjoy one another’s company. I can safely say within the group we’ve got that.“We’ve got an atmosphere that we would like to create, and we’ve got the energy going into this tournament that we would want to have.”He added: “I think the rest is left to us on the field. We’ve just got to execute whatever plans we formulate, and I think execution is key in this tournament, you know, whether it’s West Indies, England, India or whoever.“I think the teams that execute their plans and are as disciplined as they can be more often than not they’re going to come out on top.”West Indies will have to buck recent history against Pakistan, which has seen them lose 11 of their last 16 ODIs in bilateral series. The Caribbean side have had better luck against Pakistan in World Cup match-ups, however, winning six of their eight meetings – including in the 2015 edition when they crushed their Asian opponents by 150 runs.For their part, Pakistan enter the contest on the back of a poor run of form that has seen them lose 13 of their last 18 ODIs. Earlier this month, they were creamed 4-0 in a five-match series by hosts England.But Pakistan are mercurial, lurching from mediocre to brilliant in the blink of an eye and Holder said his team would be taking nothing for granted against them.“We’ve obviously looked at their players, tried to formulate our plans towards them and obviously our mode of attack,” he explained.“We’ve had a few discussions as the team and a few team meetings just to formulate whatever plans we’re going into tomorrow’s game with. But yeah, it’s just a normal thing. It’s nothing different depending on who the team is.“We just want to be as professional as we possibly can, not take anything for granted. I don’t think we’re in a position to take anything for granted; to just be in a situation where we just assess who we’re playing against, formulate our plans or look to execute them.”West Indies’ batting is to be feared. Headed by veteran talisman Chris Gayle, it boasts the likes of the classy Shai Hope and Darren Bravo, as well as the brawn of Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and the spectacular Andre Russell.Against England earlier this year, they twice scored in excess of 350 – including an all-time record 389 in the fourth ODI in Grenada. Their mammoth 421 against New Zealand in their last official warm-up in Bristol last Tuesday served as a timely reminder of the Caribbean side’s ability and at Trent Bridge where there have been several large totals this season, expectations are already high.However, Holder reminded that cricket was played on the day and depended heavily on conditions, and there was no guarantee of consistently high totals.“I don’t want to sit here and try to predetermine what’s going to happen, but I just think in this situation we play a normal cricket game,” he stressed.“We assess the conditions as early as possible and we play to suit. I think where the game has gone now, especially in England here, there have been some high totals, but there have been totals where I saw one or two games lately that were relatively low-scoring. It can happen.“That’s the way cricket is played, and that’s the nature of the game. I just don’t want to sit before a game and say we’re looking to score 500 or 600, I just want to play it as we see it and assess the conditions like any other game.”SQUADS:WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.PAKISTAN – Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz.last_img read more

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